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8 Shopping Habits of Millennials All Retailers Need to Know About. Total online shopping for this year's Cyber Monday topped $3 billion, a record amount and an impressive 21 percent increase from the previous year.

8 Shopping Habits of Millennials All Retailers Need to Know About

Combined with the news that Alibaba hauled in more than $14 billion in November for Single’s Day, entrepreneurs could (and should) conclude that the traditional retail shopping experience may be on its final legs. I have opined on many occasions that retail is dead or dying (I may have also contributed personally to its slow decay). A recent study, however, from Blackhawk Engagement Solutions, an international incentives and engagement company, may offer a ray of hope to small retailers.

The study, a compilation of two distinct studies, examines the means, the devices and the influences along millennials' paths to purchase. The first study was conducted in April 2015 and surveyed more than 500 millennials, focusing on specific shopping behaviors. Related: How Major Brands Are Using Livestreaming to Market to Millennials. 10 Ways Younger & Older Millennials Shop Differently -

By Maris Cohen, Content Marketing Manager, The NPD Group 10 Ways Younger and Older Millennials Shop Differently The retail world is obsessed with Millennials.

10 Ways Younger & Older Millennials Shop Differently -

Millennial Shopping Habits Are Changing Fashion - Here's How. I made the mistake of asking a group of middle-aged relatives over the holidays what they thought of the current generation a.k.a. millennials.

Millennial Shopping Habits Are Changing Fashion - Here's How

"Entitled. " "They spend too much time on their phones. " "Lazy. " All followed by maddeningly smug head nods. While perhaps it is the fate of every waning generation to criticize the values and lifestyle of their successors, they also need a reality check. When it comes to fashion retail, millennials have broken just about all of the rules.

2016 Is The Year Of The Millennial Customer: Is Your Customer Experience Ready? Back when I declared 2015 to be the year of the millennial customer, there was an out-of-date perception still lingering that millennial customers weren’t really customers worth pursuing: that they were ramen-eating, underemployed, and so forth.

2016 Is The Year Of The Millennial Customer: Is Your Customer Experience Ready?

Now, on the cusp of 2016, it’s safe to say that we’ve moved beyond that condescending view. Millennial customers are clearly an enormous commercial force to be reckoned with, commanding both trendsetting power and tremendous spending power as well. And this millennial spending power encompasses both their own personal spending (it’s estimated they’ll be spending $200 billion annually by 2017 and $10 trillion over their lifetimes as consumers, in the U.S. alone) and the purse strings that millennials, are beginning to control at the companies where they work, as millennials move into positions in industry with significant spending power. In that spirit, I offer these insights into millennials as customers. 1. Who are the Millennial shoppers? And what do they really want? In a survey of retail industry leaders, nearly 40 percent said the No. 1 concern they have about Millennials is their lack of loyalty.

Who are the Millennial shoppers? And what do they really want?

But we found that Millennials can be exceptionally loyal customers—provided they feel they’ve been treated right. They demand a customer-centric shopping experience—one tailored to their wants and needs as valued customers. As one shopper put it, “You want to feel welcome when you go to the stores.” In describing the ideal shopping experience, a Millennial noted, “There is [something] about the product and its cost, but there’s also a big part about being treated like a valued customer.” Many seek personalized, targeted promotions and discounts as the price for their loyalty. 7 Brands That Give Old Clothes New Life Again. JUST APPROVED : the best denim brands. Unisex style + universally sexy ethics. : Men + Women.

JUST APPROVED : the best denim brands

Conscious Actions Sustainability Report 2014 en. 5 Brands That Really "Get" Sustainable Fashion. A Guide to Buying Sustainable, Fair-Trade and Cruelty-Free Clothing. Conscious consumers already know the difficulties involved with identifying ethical produce during the weekly grocery shop, but one shopping area that gets neglected is clothing.

A Guide to Buying Sustainable, Fair-Trade and Cruelty-Free Clothing

Although the most sustainable option for clothing is to buy second hand, from local thrift stores for example, or to host clothes swaps, there are still times when you need to buy new clothes, and supporting ethical brands sends a positive message to ethical companies and brands that employ sweatshop labor. H&M on Conscious Materials. What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation. Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide According to Goldman Sachs, there are around 92 million millennials in the US currently, making them the largest demographic in American history so far.

What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Critically, they are also set to be the most important consumer group yet, with estimates of annual spending projected at around $200 billion by 2017, and $10 trillion over their lifetimes as consumers. With these figures comes the all-important question of how business can best cater to this multi-faceted millennial marketplace—the real questions being what do they value? This fashion company isn't just chic, it's socially responsible. Roshani Dhekle, a 26-year-old woman from Vadodara, India, wakes up at 6 a.m. to start her 35-kilometer commute to her job as a garment worker in Goraj, a village an hour east.

This fashion company isn't just chic, it's socially responsible

The factory where she works, MSA Ethos, is a far cry from many of the traditional garment factories in India. Instead of grueling tasks in windowless, concrete rooms, Dhekle’s morning starts with chapati (a type of bread) and chass (buttermilk) — a non-mandatory benefit the factory provides. Start The Year Off Right: Socially Conscious Fashion Brands To Know. Being a Socially Responsible Shopper. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below As a kid, I loved reading stories and watching movies about the future, and there would always be an observation about how expensive everyday things would become due to inflation — movie tickets would cost $20 and gas would be $5 a gallon — both of which have now become the norm.

Being a Socially Responsible Shopper

Surprisingly, something that hasn't increased along with everything else is the cost of clothing. If anything, clothes have become even cheaper. The other day I was in a trendy fast-fashion store when I noticed a pair of jeans retailing for $9.95. I thought to myself, How on earth could something retail for that low a price without someone on the other end of the manufacturing chain paying the price? What's at the other end is nothing pretty. As consumers, we need to shop responsibly to reduce the demand for the fast and cheap fashion made in poor sweatshop conditions. Sign up to get Lenny in your inbox twice a week. Please enter a valid email address. Fast Transformation: Sustainability Grows Among Fashion Chains – WWD. Stylish And Sustainable: How Brands Are Getting It Right. NOTE: Susan McPherson is a proud advisor to ZADY and Positive Luxury.

Successful, fashion-forward brands like ZADY, Warby Parker, Master&Muse and Helpsy are at the forefront of a growing movement in retail that involves baking corporate social responsibility into the company mission from day one. For these brands, CSR is not some outside, peripheral department—it is at the very core of what they do. But a socially conscious mission in itself is unfortunately not enough to inspire customers. The key is knowing how to communicate that mission, according to Diane Verde Nieto, founder of Positive Luxury, a London-based membership program and platform that awards brands and companies that are taking steps toward social and environmental responsibility.

Corporate social responsibility in the fashion industry. Labour standards and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the fashion industry have come under some scrutiny in recent times and with this article we’d like to take a deeper look at the skills and requirements that are in demand in this challenging industry. Socially Responsible Clothing Companies and Apparel Brands. Socially responsible clothing, from social responsible clothing companies that support worthy social causes are a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of social responsibility. Socially responsible clothing brands support social causes and those in need through financial donations and the donation of physical goods – many of which participate in the one for one movement.

It’s a sobering fact that most of the retail clothing available today was made by people who lack basic worker’s rights. 35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion. Based In | Hawaii, USAEthics | Handmade in small batches, donates excess fabric, gives backBest For | Responsibly-made dressesProduct Range | Women’s tops, dresses, rompers, playsuitsPrice Range | $$–$$$ No matter the season, YIREH has us dreaming of sunny summer days. Their floral vintage-inspired dresses and rompers are handcrafted by artisans in Bali, where they are paid fair wages, receive one-month paid vacation, religious holidays off, sick leave, and medical insurance.

Plus, YIREH donates 10% of their profits to International Justice Mission to help bring an end to human trafficking. If you’re seeking the statement piece of the season with a production story you can be proud of, YIREH has what you’re looking for. Shop YIREH.